IS YOUR EYE PROBLEM AN EMERGENCY? By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
Most people come to the eye doctor for routine care to monitor ocular health or to get a new spectacle or contact lens prescription. What types of symptoms constitute an ocular emergency that should be seen as soon as possible?
Sudden vision loss or decreased vision in one or both eyes is an ocular emergency. Loss of vision can include: a total blacking out of vision, missing a chunk of vision (like the entire right side being gone), having a curtain come across the vision, and sudden blurred vision that is not going away. Any sudden loss of vision has to be evaluated to see what is causing it, and if it requires treatment or referral to a specialist.
Sudden constant double vision has to be evaluated sooner rather than later. Seeing sudden horizontal or vertical double vision may be a sign of uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, or other conditions that affect the brain.
Ocular trauma should always be seen as soon as possible. Any chemicals that get in the eye should be rinsed out copiously with water for 15-30 min. before going to the eye doctor. Injuries that cause a lot of eye pain, light sensitivity, double vision, or decreased vision should be evaluated right away.
Red eyes that are causing a lot of pain, light sensitivity or decreased vision should be seen quickly. Some eye infections or ocular inflammation can cause permanent vision loss if not treated promptly.
Our staff is very good at knowing what symptoms prompt the need for somebody to be seen urgently. Give us a call if you have any doubts about whether you eye problem is an emergency.
Dr. James Ivanoski is an optometrist practicing at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. He welcomes patients of all ages into his practice and accepts most insurance plans.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.